Just got back from Suffern, where the home team easily handled Ketcham 49-21. That included only one forfeit, at 96 pounds. The Mounties won seven of the first nine matches to go up 37-9.
Suffern has been missing guys to injury lately. It hurt them at the Kohl tournament, where four regulars sat. Two, Ethan Gomes (152) and Blake Ziffer (145), came back today. Gomes won by pin in the second period. Ziffer (left) decisioned his opponent 4-2 in overtime. Obviously their furloughs didn’t hurt them.
The other two injured guys, Vinny Giella and Brandon Kafka, sat today but are expected back for Counties this weekend.
Giella’s replacement at 135, Kervin Floreal (above), pinned his opponent at the 3:26 mark. He was trying to work an arm bar when he heard his coaches calling for a cradle. He sounded almost surprised that it worked so easily. Floreal has wrestled as high as 140 this year, but will be at 130 at Counties.
(UPDATE: You can read my story here.)
Suffern 49, Ketcham 21
96 — Dan McBrian (Sf) won by forfeit; 103 — Matt Spano (RCK) dec. Asher Kramer, 3-0; 112 — Nick Oliveto (Sf) tech. fall Tom Foy, 20-3; 119 — Dan Ventarola (Sf) tech. fall Mark Settembrino, 15-0; 125 — Frank Cabibbo (RCK) dec. David Bailen, 7-6; 130 — Julian Negri (Sf) pin. Kevin Sullivan, 1:50; 135 — Kerven Floreal (Sf) pin. Nick Wilki, 3:36; 140 — Elvis Taylor (RCK) dec. Willie Pirc, 6-3; 145 — Blake Ziffer (Sf) dec. Dave Simpfenderler, 4-2 OT; 152 — Ethan Gomes (Sf) pin. Danny Reis, 3:24; 160 — DJ Lupo (RCK) dec. Chris Milliaressis, 10-4; 171 — Mike Wagner (Sf) pin. Chris Lupo, 2:38; 189 — Chris Vanbeniscotter (RCK) dec. Mike Rodriguez, 18-11; 215 — Emmanuel Hnatko (Sf) pin. Billy Oakman, 3:50; 275 — James Evans (RCK) pin. Phil Tomassi, 0:57.
Records — Suffern 11-1; Ketcham 6-3.